Spain’s King demands model behaviour amid father’s scandal

BARCELONA, SPAIN (AP) — Spanish King Felipe VI used his traditional December 24 speech to make a renewed call for Spain’s leaders to demonstrate exemplary behaviour, a message he delivered on Thursday night amid a financial scandal centreing on his father — the country’s previous monarch.

Felipe said in a televised address that citizens demand “principles that apply to everyone, without exception, and that are above any other considerations, including personal or family (bonds)”.

The message was widely interpreted as a rebuke to the alleged financial improprieties that are threatening to tarnish the once immaculate reputation of King Emeritus Juan Carlos I.

Spain’s King Felipe VI waves as Queen Letizia walks with him after leaving a floral arrangement at the memorial for Cuban independence hero Jose Marti at Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba. PHOTO: AP